Arsenal v Leicester City Betting Tips & Preview – Monday 22nd October 2018

Unai Emery’s Arsenal will be gunning for a 10th straight win in all competitions when they welcome Claude Puel’s Leicester City to the Emirates Stadium for a Premier League fixture on Monday night. After losing his opening two in charge of the Gunners, Emery has certainly found his feet in London. As expected, the home team are the strong favourites in this one.

The Foxes have been in patchy form so far, and Puel’s men will be looking to hit back after a 2-1 loss to Everton at the King Power Stadium before the international break. These two sides played out a seven-goal thriller at the Emirates on the opening weekend of last season, let’s hope for more of the same on Monday.

Top Tips

Arsenal to Win 2-0 @ 9/1

Arsenal to Win -1 @ 13/10

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Arsenal News: Emery’s Gunners in Terrific Form

Arsenal Players Warming Up In Front of Fans
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Arsenal had a difficult start to their season, losing 2-0 at home to Manchester City before falling to a narrow 3-2 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Since then, however, the Gunners have looked unstoppable, winning nine league and cup matchups in a row. In the Premier League, Arsenal have won six successive games since losing at the Bridge, beating West Ham United, Cardiff City, Newcastle United, Everton, Watford and Fulham. In truth, the Londoners should add Leicester to that list on Monday.

Front Two on Fire

Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are beginning to strike up a superb partnership up front for the Gunners. At Craven Cottage last time out, both players helped themselves to two goals each in the emphatic 5-1 triumph. Overall, Lacazette and Aubameyang have scored four Premier League goals each so far. When these two are on song, Arsenal’s attack is amongst the deadliest in the league.

Emirates a Tough Place to Visit

Last season in the Premier League, Arsenal were beaten just twice at the Emirates. In fact, since January 2017, the Gunners have lost just three Premier League fixtures on home soil. Having won each of their last five on their own patch in all competitions, Emery’s men will be looking for another home win in this one.

Emery Could be Without a Few Key Men

Although the likes of Mesut Ozil, Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny are back in training, Monday’s match could come too soon for the trio. Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Danny Welbeck are likely to miss out while Konstantinos Mavropanos, who was sent off against Leicester back in May, is sidelined for a few more weeks with a groin strain.

Leicester City News: Foxes Hoping to Bounce Back

Leicester City's King Power Stadium
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Leicester have had a mixed bag of results of late, winning two and losing three of their last five in the league. Strangely, Puel’s boys, along with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, have yet to draw a game in the Premier League this season (winning four and losing four). Before the international break, the Foxes fell to a disappointing 2-1 home loss to Everton, with skipper Wes Morgan sent off in the second half, making him unavailable for Monday’s game at the Emirates. However, City have won three of their last four matches away from home in all competitions, including a 2-0 win at Newcastle in their last league outing on the road.

Vardy Still a Huge Threat

31-year-old Jamie Vardy, who retired from England duty recently, is still a big threat for Leicester in attack. The striker has netted three Premier League goals this term, with all three coming in wins. The former Fleetwood Town man has scored six times against the Gunners since Leicester arrived back in the Premier League four years ago, including a brace at the Emirates last season. Arsenal will need to be wary of Vardy’s threat in this one.

Youngsters to Play a Key Role for the Foxes

Leicester have plenty of experience in their team, with several players from their title-winning squad still representing the club. However, the Foxes have a number of youngsters flourishing in the Premier League at present, with the likes of Ben Chilwell, James Maddison and Demarai Gray – plus one or two others – all catching the eye in recent times. If they can keep their starlets at the King Power Stadium, the future looks bright for Leicester.

Analysis: Gunners to Take the Points

Arsenal have looked the real deal under Emery of late, with the Spaniard really starting to stamp his authority on this talented Gunners team. Leicester have some players who can hurt the Londoners on Monday, but we fancy the hosts to be too strong for their opponents in this one. We’re backing a comfortable Arsenal win here.

Easy Win for the Home Team

Arsenal have kept clean sheets in each of their last two home games in the Premier League, beating both Everton and Watford 2-0. For the Gunners to secure a hat-trick of 2-0 home league wins on Monday night, check out the top price of 9/1.

Comfortable Margin for Emery’s Side

The majority of Arsenal wins this term have been comfortable ones, with seven of their nine victories all coming by more than one goal. Since losing 2-0 to Man City on the opening weekend, Emery’s troops have won five out of five at home across all competitions, scoring 14 goals in the process. Put some money on Arsenal to win with a -1 goal handicap at odds of 13/10 this Monday.

Draw at Half Time

Despite winning each of their last six games in the Premier League, Arsenal were level at the break in all of those. The draw at half time in this one is available at the tempting odds of 8/5.

Recent Matches

There were a staggering 11 goals scored in the two league meetings between Arsenal and Leicester last season. Despite losing the last meeting, the Gunners have a good record over the Foxes, even doing the double over them when Leicester won the Premier League in 2016. The Foxes’ victory back in May last season was their first league win in this fixture since November 1994.

9th November 2018: Leicester City 3 – 1 Arsenal

Leicester put on a great display when the pair met at the King Power Stadium back in May. Helped by Konstantinos Mavropanos’s red card, goals from Kelechi Iheanacho, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez were enough to give the Foxes a deserved 3-1 win over the Gunners in the East Midlands.

11th August 2017: Arsenal 4 – 3 Leicester City

On the opening night of last season, these two sides played out a thriller at the Emirates. Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal a goal up after two minutes, with Shinji Okazaki levelling just three minutes later. Jamie Vardy put Leicester in front twice before Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud scored late on to give Arsene Wenger’s Gunners a 4-3 win in the capital. This game was arguably the best Premier League match of the 2017/18 season.

26th April 2017: Arsenal 1 – 0 Leicester City

Things were far less eventful when the duo went head-to-head at the Emirates back in April 2017. One goal settled it, with Robert Huth’s late own goal gifting Arsenal all three points at the Emirates. The reverse match that season ended in a pretty forgettable 0-0 draw at the King Power in August 2016.

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